Best Twitter Reactions to Jay Gruden Becoming Washington Redskins Head Coach

Jason MarcumCorrespondent IIIJanuary 9, 2014

CINCINNATI, OH - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL,  Jay Gruden of the Cincinnati Bengals poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
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The Washington Redskins fired head coach Mike Shanahan one day after the regular season ended.

They've already hired his replacement in the form of Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, which was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter:  

Redskins have hired Jay Gruden as their HC. Done deal. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 9, 2014

He also reported the Bengals plan to hire running backs coach Hue Jackson to replace Jay:

Bengals plan to hire Hue Jackson as their OC, per source. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 9, 2014

Bengals cornerback Terence Newman has been in the NFL for 11 years, and he knows how special it is to become a head coach in the NFL:  

Every coaches dream is to be a head coach. Congrats to Jay Gruden and Hue Jackson becoming Offensive Coordinator of the Bengals. — terence newman (@terencenewman) January 9, 2014

He also knows how defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is the one who really deserves to be a head coach:      

That being said, Mike Zimmer is and always will be the best option to be head coach who is not one. #truth — terence newman (@terencenewman) January 9, 2014

Rookie linebacker J.K. Schaffer was happy to see Jay get a head-coaching job:

Congrats Coach Gruden!!! — JK Schaffer (@Schaff37) January 9, 2014 

But linebacker Rey Maualuga hated to see Jay go after everything he'd done in Cincinnati: 

Hate to see coach Gruden go but glad he's fulfilling every 'coaches' dream in being a HC in the @nfl at some point. — Rey Maualuga (@maualuga58) January 9, 2014

There was a belief around the NFL that Jay might have actually been holding the offense back with his play-calling and tendency to pass the ball more than running it. Mike Freeman heard mixed results from Bengals players when asked about Jay leaving:

I've texted with Bengals players who say the team will miss Gruden dearly. Other Bengals say the offense will be better without him. — mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) January 9, 2014

Bleachers Report's own, Andrea Hangst and Matt Miller, also think Jay was hurting the Bengals and his departure is ultimately a blessing: 

I think it's a blessing in disguise if some other team wants Jay Gruden. Bengals need a different coordinator. — Andrea Hangst (@FBALL_Andrea) January 8, 2014
The #Bengals, and Andy Dalton, will be much better off if Hue Jackson is the OC next year and not Jay Gruden. — Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 8, 2014

3 playoff games with Jay Gruden as OC--#Bengals have 2 touchdowns and 8 turnovers. And people want him as their head coach?

— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 8, 2014

Whether Jay can become a successful head coach in the NFL remains to be seen, but it doesn't look as though the Bengals should feel too bad about losing him as their offensive coordinator.


Jason Marcum is a student in the B/R advanced sports media program. You can find more of his work at Stripe Hype and follow him on Twitter @UK_Fans